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Virtual Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest begins!

 HONOLULU – The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is encouraging all school-aged keiki in Hawai‘i to help inspire appreciation for the veterans who served our country by taking part in a virtual version of our annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest.

From now until Friday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. (HST) DPR will be accepting digital copies of posters entitled “Sew a Lei for Memorial Day”, depicting lei-making activities or ceremonial actions associated with the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl / Pūowaina).

Entries can have landscape or portrait orientation, but must be made on an 8.5” x 11” piece of white or colored paper using ink, crayons, pastels, and/or paints. Drawings may not be computer enhanced or generated and no cut outs. Once the artwork is complete, please scan your artwork 1:1 at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and email a PDF version to Dan Nakamoto, Department of Parks and Recreation at Limit one entry per student. Make sure to include the student artists’ name, grade level, school, park location or island from which they are submitting, and information on their teacher or park director (name, phone number and email address).

First, second, and third place winners in three grade categories, K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, will be chosen by a panel of judges based on their artwork’s appeal, originality, and effectiveness in conveying the message. Winning artists will receive prizes and their artwork will be celebrated in various forms of media.

Though the details of the Memorial Day Ceremony in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are uncertain at this time, the City believes it is still necessary to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by our veterans who fought bravely for the freedoms we enjoy today.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please call DPR at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email

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